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Coal mining in Australia looks to be increasingly disconnected from reality of late. The industry’s push to massively expand operations in the Galilee basin continues to enjoy strong support from State and Federal Coalition governments, of both political persuasions. This is at a time when both the international market and domestic investment are slumping, creating losses. A new Greenpeace report has warned that Indian conglomerate Adani’s Galilee project is “uncommercial“, and as global climate action grows, the divestment movement gathers pace, and the realities of unburnable carbon loom increasingly large in the minds of investors, the future for coal is anything but rosy. As many people have predicted – the Galilee basin could become a wasteland of stranded assets.

Ian Dunlop’stilt at the board of BHP Billiton has highlighted the risk ignoring the climate imperative poses, kick starting a discussion about BHP Billiton’s contradictory claims of climate leadership while supporting the abolishment of carbon pricing. Cognitive dissonance in the industry was again demonstrated on Monday, when billionaire mining magnate Gina Rinehart launched “National Mining and Related Industries Day”, celebrating “an industry group that is too often shy about speaking of its efforts and contributions”. Given its vast advertising spend, its fondness for highly paid lobbyists and its expensive and brutal campaign against the mining tax, the thought of the industry being a wallflower is as believable as the World Coal Association’s claim that “high-efficiency coal” is a low-emissions technology.

The coal industry appears to be increasingly delusional about its future, pushing for expansion as investment slows, pretending to acknowledge the climate imperative while supporting the repeal of carbon pricing, and claiming it is shyand green when it is anything but. Despite State and Federal government enthusiasm to expand coal mining and the industry’s willingness to make increasingly risky bets, there is no future for growing coal use in a world struggling to stay under 2DegC of global warming. The vast majority of Australia’s coal reserves – particularly in the Galilee basin – must stay in the ground if the world is to have any hope of addressing climate change.

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Australia’s international reputation on climate action is rapidly deteriorating, as not only has it been dubbed a “willful” wrecking ball at the UNFCCC COP19 negotiations, but new reports show that it has both slid to the bottom of international rankings of carbon emission reduction efforts, and become the number one emitter per capita among developed nations. The Global Carbon Project shows that Australia is failing to reduce carbon emissions at a rate comparable to the US or the European Union, and that its emissions remain consistent with the levels seen over the past decade. Despite the increasingly woeful performance, Australia has joined Canada todeny developing nations further climate funding.

  • After bringing a “hard-line ideological agenda” and wrecking ball tactics to COP19, Australia is now being seen as an “anti-climate” nation, actively working against a constructive outcome at the UNFCCC negotiations. Despite being a rich, affluent nation, it is ignoring the fact its historic emissions give it an obligation and commitment to provide funding for developing countries for climate mitigation and adaptation.
  • Australia is now the number one emitter per capita  among developed nations, and his has slid to the bottom of global rankings for climate action. This, combined with its irresponsible language and backward steps at the COP19 negotiations, have earned it a record four Fossil of the Day awards. Australia is the 16th largest emitter of CO2 in the world, ranking 10th, higher than any other major western nation, in terms of per capita emissions, and it is ranked 57 out of 61 for efforts to slow global warming. A drop of six places.

Former diplomat Bruce Haigh spent years in some of the world’s hotspots where he saw and did somtimes extraordinary things. In South Africa he befriended the legendary dissident Steve Biko. In Afghanistan he took pictures of Russian military installations. In Pakistan he flirted with Benazir Bhutto, or perhaps it was Benazir flirting with him…He is a regular contributor to the Canberra Times, Crikey and other Oz media…

…here is an excerpt of Bruce Haigh’s recent piece in the Canberra Times, (15/11/13):

“…State imposed secrecy, with respect to managing minorities, dissidents or groups judged to be antithetical to the interests of the ruling elite, leads to oppression through lack of accountability. Morrison does not want to be accountable for deaths in detention or drowning at sea. Lack of transparency is a threat to human rights and democracy, but Morrison is no democrat; he is the Reischsfuhrer of asylum seekers. He decides who goes where, and when. He sends back to Sri Lanka, Tamils who are given no opportunity to express their claims for asylum in Australia and who are detained on return by the Rajapaksa regime, many to be tortured and some held indefinitely.

Sending back people without a hearing, who on the face of it, may have a legitimate refugee claim, is illegal under Australian and international law. Morrison plans to send minority oppressed Hazaras back to Afghanistan. That would also be illegal…”

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“Scott Morrison, please…”

Who should I say is calling?

Jesus. Jesus Christ…

Just a sec…putting you through, Mr Christ…

Cheers. Thanks…

Hmmmnnnaa…MINISTERRR Morrison here…who is this?

Jesus Christ.

Look, there’s quite frankly, no need to take the proverbial…

I am Jesus Christ. Ok, Morrison…I’ll cut to the chase…we’ve had reports that you’re STILL behavin’ like a rabid, fascist, cowardly and profoundly irritating bully boy…

Have not! Have not!! Have nottt!!

…And that you’re getting off, yet again, on your faux macho, mendacious BS…demonising the defenceless…treating the poor and dispossessed like pawns in your demented game of horror…I mean, for fucks sake man, have you no shame?

But, but, but…I AM A STEWARDLY GODLY man…I, I, I, I am a christian….I AM a christian…so there…

“Reichsfuhrer of asylum seekers” according to more lucid insights. Knock it off…pronto…

I AM A STEWARDLY GODLY man. I am Minister Morrison. Just, just, just sod off Jesus, you, you, you…do-gooding hippy! Why don’t you just…just go back to where you came from!!!



…well worth a squizz…’the trial of Donald Rumsfeld’…a prosecution by book…

“A gripping expose of the systematic, premeditated crimes of Rumsfeld and his colleagues – crimes against humanity more shocking than any committed by U.S. officials in this generation. If we push back against state-sanctioned torture and the tyranny that always, historically, follows upon it, we will have Ratner and his brave team at the Center for Constitutional Rights substantially to thank. An indispensable document and page-turning human story.”

-NAOMI WOLF, author of The End of America

“Michael Ratner is a hero. This book will be required reading for all of Donald Rumsfeld’s lawyers and travel agents – he’ll have to check twice before leaving the country if he hopes to stay out of prison. To war criminals walking free among us, beware: Ratner and the Center for Constitutional Rights are on the case! ”

-AMY GOODMAN, host of Democracy Now!

Blinded by the military medals  Australia’s mainstream media seems to have missed the clumsy sleight of hand by  Immigration Minister Scott Morrison.  Major Morrison, has stressed in his military style briefings that we need to keep all refugee information a secret because the people smugglers will get valuable insight into his military manoeuvers if he tells us the truth. “More importantly if the voters find out what a bungling fool I am I will be up for the order of the boot at the next election” he said..

On assuming his role as the Defender of Australian Faith from the Muslim hordes Major Morrison had told us that he wanted to send a message to people smugglers and would be “illegals” that there was no chance of getting into Australia by boat. How you send a message by keeping your actions a top-secret is difficult to understand.

Clearly the three boats that recently arrived at Darwin were either not aware of the steel curtain the Major has thrown around Australia or they have found some holes in the curtain that need darning. Loose lips bring ships may be the motto but the practice is harder.

Could it be the Australian voters that Major Morrison wants to keep in in the dark because what we don’t know won’t hurt him at the ballot box.

However we can be assured that the close relationship that Major Morrison, Mr Abbott and the Minister for Affairs Julie Bishop have built up with the Indonesian Government will ensure full cooperation in forcing Indonesia to hold onto most of the regions refugees rather than upsetting Mr Abbott’s re-election plan.

The recent revelations by Edward Snowden revealing that the Australia Government is spying on the Indonesian Government has been a hammer blow for the Abbott Government and for the mass surveillance program carried out by the USA.

Ironically it was the Labor Government who had entered into this spying venture with the USA but it is the incompetent Abbott who will pay the price.

Abbott’s refusal to apologise to the Indonesian President has meant that the Coalitions main election platform, “Stopping the Boats” is in shreds because. Indonesia’s foreign minister Marty Natalegawa responded  by saying all cooperation with Australia is off including on the issue of returning refugee boats to Indonesia.

This latest revelation follows the arrogant and stupid statement from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that (in regard to turning refugee boats back to Indonesia) “Were not asking Indonesia for permission, were asking for their understanding”

Indonesia has understood very well that despite the Abbott Government repeating that Indonesia is our most important neighbor it is well down the list of our real friends like the Americans. They also notice that Abbott is fixated with two issues that are at odds with Indonesia’s best interest. That is preventing refugees passing through the region to Australia, and climate change denial which will result in rising sea levels and more typhoons and sea surges that will be devastating for small islands.

What Abbott does not understand or disregards is that the population of Indonesia will see his blank refusal to apologise as a deliberate insult to their President and therefor to their country. It is likely that this lack of nous by Abbott will set back Australia’s relationship with Indonesia for many years.

Abbott has also fallen out with the world view by supporting Sri Lanka’s President Mahinda Rajapaksa’s war time atrocities against Tamils with a glib statement that things happen in wars. This phrase sounds very close to the phrase shit happens and is horrific in the context of mass murder and rape. 

Finally Abbott is moving backwards on climate change policy and at a crucial time in world negotiations has not even had a minister attend the latest round of talks. His actions are reprehensible to many especially as Australia currently chairs the UN Security Council and because Australia is one of the countries worst effected by climate change and is the largest per-capita emitter of greenhouse gas.

For Australia it signals a period of isolation from world affairs and from the critical discussions that shape the future of the Globe. While the previous government had attempted to expand Australia’s horizon the Liberal National Coalition is attempting to lock out the rest of the world.

As negotiations at the 19th Conference of the Parties (COP19) roll into their second week, the madness of Poland allowing the coal industry to sponsor the COP is climbing to greater heights as the World Coal Association (WCA) begins a conference of its own alongside the COP. The cosy relationship between the industry and the Polish government has led to COP19 being dubbed the “Coal COP” in “Coaland”. It illustrates just how deep the industry’s influence is in the country, and the extreme lengths Poland is prepared to go to in order to protect it.

The future of the coal industry was called into question by scientists, health professionals and environmental activists frustrated by pro-coal firms descending on Warsaw for a major conference during international climate talks (COP19). The Polish government added to its growing collection of slapstick diplomatic moves by inviting the World Coal Association (WCA) to unveil plans for “high-efficiency” or “clean” coal during the UN climate negotiations where Donald Tusk and his gang are also playing the hosts. With the Polish government wrapping up climate problems and selling them as solutions, 27 top scientists from around the world were moved to jointly discredit the claim that “high efficiency coal” represents the energy of the future.

In accord, health and environmental activists took to the streets to protest outside the WCA conference, arguing that the Polish government’s deep support for the dirtiest of fuels is in defiance of the sciencehealth concerns, and the deteriorating economics of coal as the world moves away from fossil fuels…(big thanks to the Tree)

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Q. Why did Rupert Murdoch and Lord Jacob Rothschild purchase a total of $11 million dollars of “equity positions” with Genie Energy Corporation (IDT) totaling an 11% stake in the corporation back in 2010?

A. Israel has reportedly granted the U.S. energy firm with heavyweight political connections to explore for oil and gas in the occupied Golan Heights.

The company is a local subsidiary of New Jersey-based Genie Energy Ltd. The Strategic Advisory Board of another subsidiary, Genie Oil and Gas, includes former Vice President Dick Cheney, media magnate Rupert Murdoch, and former Republican Rep. Jim Courter...

The company’s website, has the following homepage announcement…

Genie Energy Subsidiary in Israel Granted Exploration License

Genie Energy (NYSE: GNE, GNEPRA), said today that the government of Israel has awarded its subsidiary, Genie Israel Oil and Gas, Ltd., an exclusive petroleum exploration license covering 396.5 square kilometers in the Southern portion of the Golan Heights.



Carefully evidenced and powerfully measured, ‘No Fire Zone’ is a feature length film about the final awful months of the 26 year long Sri Lankan civil war told by the people who lived through it. It is a meticulous and chilling expose of some of the worst war crimes and crimes against humanity of recent times -  told through the extraordinary personal stories of a small group of characters and also through some of the most dramatic and disturbing video evidence ever recorded.
This footage allows us to document the day to day horror of this war in a way almost never done before: Footage recorded by both the victims and perpetrators on mobile phones and small cameras – viscerally powerful actuality from the battlefield, from inside the crudely dug civilian bunkers and over-crowded makeshift hospitals.
Footage which is nothing less than direct evidence of war crimes, summary execution, torture and sexual violence.
This was supposed to be a war conducted in secret.  The Government excluded the international press, forced the UN to leave the war zone and ruthlessly silenced the Sri Lankan media – literally dozens of media workers were killed, exiled or disappeared. While the world looked away in the first few months of 2009 around  40,000 to 70,000 civilians were massacred – mostly by Sri Lankan government shelling, though the Tamil Tigers also stand accused of war crimes.
The film starts in September 2008.  An air of deep foreboding hung over Kilinochchi– the de facto capital of the Tamil homelands of Northern Sri Lanka. The armed forces of the ultra-nationalist Sinhalese government of Sri Lanka were on the move, and the brutal secessionist army of the Tamil Tigers was on the retreat. After a twenty-six year revolt – the scene was set for the final awful endgame.

Australian Greens Leader Christine Milne says Australian Prime Minister’s gift of two naval vessels and co-operation with the Sri Lankan authorities to help stop people fleeing the country is collaboration on human rights abuses.

“The Prime Minister’s silence on human rights abuses in Sri Lanka was inexcusable complicity, but this is nothing less than collaboration and it is abhorrent,” Senator Milne said.

“I am devastated and heartbroken at the thought of Australia assisting a disgraced government to suppress and control its citizens.

“In order to sure up Tony Abbott’s cruel and hollow policy to stop the boats he is resorting to collaboration with Sri Lanka and will turn a blind eye to human rights abuses. This has nothing to do with fairness, justice or saving lives.

“I don’t think Australians who genuinely thought that stopping the boats was about saving lives will feel comfortable knowing that ‘stop the boats’ now means preventing people from running away from torture and condemning them to human rights abuses.

“Sri Lanka is not a transit country. People are escaping from torture and abuse.

“Any resources provided to Sri Lanka would be better spent in leading a genuine regional solution that cares for refugees by bringing more of them to Australia and by pushing for global action to investigate alleged war crimes.

“The Australian Greens congratulate David Cameron for doing what Australians expected their Prime Minister to do, to stand up for people suffering from persecution and abuse.”

May 1st, 2009, I interviewed Tamil demonstrators at a rally outside ABC headquarters, East Perth…Many people were extremely concerned and visibly upset about the plight of those surviving relatives and friends who were trapped in a brutal nightmare…the killing fields of the Vanni region of north eastern Sri Lanka…

…we were about to go to press with a report from behind the lines in Vanni by David Gray of Reuters …”I managed to get a few ‘usable’ frames of a scorched and destroyed landscape. Every single dwelling was either destroyed or uninhabitable. It reminded me of East Timor in 1999. Burnt out vehicles lined the road….”

…here are a few Tamil perspectives from the demo that resonate still…

“To understand the ground situation (in the Vanni region of Sri Lanka), where there are no independent observers or media allowed by the Government, it is vital to understand the motive behind the Sri Lankan onslaught on the Tamil civilians. The meticulously planned disenfranchisement of the Tamils has been going on since independence from the British in 1948. The Tamil Tigers are an outcome of this long deprivation of basic rights to exist as equal citizens in Sri Lanka…”

“Sri Lanka – don’t kill the media. Sri Lanka – don’t bomb the hospitals. Sri Lanka – stop the genocide of Tamils.”

“Anyone really concerned about humanity and freedom should impress upon both parties for an immediate ceasefire, send in independent observers and media, provide international protection to the refugees and  bring a permanent peace solution.”

Around this time, UN’s World Food Programme (WFP) put out an urgent appeal:

Sri Lanka: 250,000 People In War Zone Need Food



“…I had been to the front line of a war in an area that is extremely difficult to reach and come back to civilization. I was exhausted and dripping with sweat, but what about the people trapped in the war zone? They didn’t get to fly back to the comforts of a city. They continued to endure the horrors of war in dire conditions and horrendous temperatures, with minimal food, water, medical aid or even shelter. What about those who got out, but had a long journey to a refugee camp ahead of them, with no clear idea when they can go back home. It reminded me of a book I finished reading a few months ago called ‘Dispatches’ by Michael Herr about his experiences as a correspondent during the Vietnam war, and how he found it strange flying in and out of war zones. I could see what he had meant a little more clearly now – just the craziness of it all.”

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The white vans taking away Sri Lanka’s ‘disappeared’
They come in the dead of night in unmarked white vans. Suspects are told they are needed for questioning and are never seen again. That is the account of hundreds of relatives of the so-called “disappeared” in Sri Lanka. After Iraq, the country now suffers the highest number of forced abductions in the world. Thousands vanished at the end of the war. But the abductions continue to this day. Human rights groups say on average, one person is “disappeared” every five days.Indian film-maker Leena Manimekalai travelled undercover across Sri Lanka to meet the families of the disappeared – who are determined to speak out despite the huge risks. Her film will be shown on Channel 4 News tonight.

Meanwhile Jon Snow is in Sri Lanka, waiting for David Cameron to arrive. Mr Cameron has argued that by going to the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, rather than boycotting it, he’s better able to “shine a spotlight” on the human rights situation there.


Watch the preview video: White Van Stories: Sri Lanka’s ‘disappeared’



Major new reports from the World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), theInternational Energy Agency (IEA) and GermanWatch have turned up the heat on negotiators holding back progress at UN climate talks in Warsaw. These reports provide fresh information explaining how Typhoon Haiyan was more deadly as a result of climate change and how climate extremes – while prevalent worldwide – are hitting vulnerable communities hardest. These new findings leave little doubt that global warming emissions are on the rise and that governments must take urgent, concrete action to curb climate pollution from the energy sector – in order to prevent a catastrophic temperature rise of up to 6C this century.

According to the WMO climate change is already disrupting the water-cycle leading to droughts, floods and extreme rainfall in countries around the world, while others warn that the most vulnerable nations like Haiti, Pakistan and the Philippines are hardest hit.The WMO report highlights that so far in 2013 we have experienced climate extremes from record heatwaves in Australia to flooding in Sudan, USA and Europe. A complementary study from GermanWatch analyses national exposure to climate extremes from the present back to 1993, it shows us that it is the communities least able to protect themselves and most vulnerable to natural disasters that are being affected most by climate impacts.

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Tensions inside the UN climate talks escalated during the second day of negotiations, as civil society – led by youth groups – joined in a voluntary fast in solidarity of Filipino delegate Yeb Sano, and all those effected by Typhoon Haiyan. The group of around 30 campaigners joined Yeb Sano, in the conference cafeteria at lunchtime to tell people that they would take part in a voluntary fast “until a meaningful outcome is in sight.”

Relief efforts continue to attempt to reach the Philippines as death toll estimates in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan remain around 10,000. With winds of 315km/h, gusts up to 380km/h and a storm surge estimated at 2.1m (10 feet) in some areas, Haiyan has already been dubbed the strongest tropical cyclone to make landfall in world history. The previous record holder to hit the Philippines, Thelma,killed around 5,100 people in 1991. Haiyan’s death toll is already expected to hit 10,000 in the hardest-hit Tacloban alone. 9.5 million people have been affected. Described as “tropical cyclone perfection” and “off the charts”, the links between climate change and super storms like Haiyan are once again being questioned in the wake of the disaster. Although the overall number of hurricanes, cyclones, and typhoons hasn’t increased, the proportion of more intense storms has, as their strength is linked to sea temperature. As the oceans warm with climate change, there is extra energy in the system. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, for one, says that intensification of Super Typhoon Haiyan was “fueled by “ideal” environmental conditions– namely low wind shear and warm ocean temperatures”. Most deaths in the Philippines are expected to be from the storm surge, which locals have described as being “as high as a coconut tree” and “like a tsunami”.

Rising sea levels coupled with greater storm intensities increase the probability that future storm surges will be worse. Strong storms may be a regular occurrence in the Philippines, but the magnitude and impact of Haiyan is unprecedented. Its total economic impact may reach $14 billion, about $2 billion of which will be insured, according to a report by Bloomberg analyst Jonathan Adams. While no individual weather event can be said to be a direct result of climate change, as the world meets in Warsaw for the latest round of climate negotiations the increases in storm severity across the board, including Australian bushfires, US Superstorm Sandy, and now Super Typhoon Haiyan, cannot be ignored. Climate change impacts all, but it hits poor countries the hardest. Oxfam is calling on governments to urgently cut emissions and for developed countries to provide finance to help poor countries cope with the impacts of climate change. It says that in Warsaw all developed countries must say what money they are going to provide in the short term and agree a roadmap for delivering the $100bn a year promised by 2020.

The Times of Israel are reporting that a French member of parliament telephoned French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius in Geneva at the weekend to warn him that hawkish Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu would attack Iran’s nuclear facilities “if the P5+1 nations did not stiffen their terms” on a deal with Iran:

“I know [Netanyahu],” the French MP, Meyer Habib, reportedly told Fabius, and predicted that the Israeli prime minister would resort to the use of force if the deal was approved in its form at the time. “If you don’t toughen your positions, Netanyahu will attack Iran,” the report quoted Habib as saying. “I know this. I know him. You have to toughen your positions in order to prevent war.”

Negotiations are now due to resume November 20.

Here at the interpretOr, we recall that the dreaded Netanyahu was Israeli ambassador to the United Nations from 1984 to 1988 – the period that coincided with the Iran-Contra affair – and today makes the likes of Richard Perle (the Prince of Darkness) seem like a goofy peacenik…

the interpretOr originally shared this address, Jan 2013 – it may have been a technical issue and/or spooky jam, for at that time, the sound of Assange’s voice was corrupted to near silence…we published a synopsis as an interim measure…here we are, late 2013, and all is now clear…

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Assange mentions the WikiLeaks movie saying that it's a mass propaganda attack against the WikiLeaks organisation, also it fans the flames for war on Iran as is demonstrated in the opening scene of the film that is read out by Assange who has the script. The movie shows Iran as having an active nuclear program when intelligence reports have revealed in high confidence that this is not the case.

Filmed on Wednesday 23rd January 2013

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As relief efforts begin to arrive to the Philippines following the record-breaking Typhoon Haiyan, the nation’s lead negotiator at the UN climate talks is on a hunger strike to raise awareness of the plight his and other nations face due to climate disasters. Negotiator Yeb Sano began a voluntary hunger strike at Monday’s opening session of the international climate negotiations in Poland. He dared negotiators to “get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair” to see first hand the life-and-death consequences of climate change facing people around the world. The Red Cross is suggesting the death toll from Haiyan could approach 10,000. Meteorologists report that Typhoon Haiyan is the world’s strongest storm to ever make landfall since records began. Prof. Stefan Rahmstorf, a leading climate scientist at the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research, points to climate change as the aggravating factor that has likely increased the destructive forces of Typhoon Haiyan, including extreme rainfall and heightened storm surges.

  • Climate negotiator Yeb Sano’s hunger strike, in the wake of untold devastation, is a call for world leaders stop talking about climate and do something about it.When Sano told negotiators to, “get off your ivory tower and away from the comfort of your armchair,” he echoed comments made in 2012 when he said “we cannot go on like this.” Sadly, both of Sano’s comments followed devastating Typhoons. Sano’s latest call for action not only follows another devastating Typhoon, but another major IPCC report that shows climate change is a clearer and more present danger than ever.
  • Climate change fueled Typhoon Haiyan and will continue to fuel similar storms in the future. Sea surface temperatures that were 2ºC above normal in the regionstrengthened Typhoon Haiyan by increasing the available energy and water vapor in the area. This problem isn’t going away as sea surface temperatures have beensteadily increasing around the world, and are projected to keep to rising. Additionally, climate change has already contributed about eight inches to global sea level which increases the destructive power of storm surges.
  • Tragedies like Typhoon Haiyan have increased in the past three decades and will continue if no action to address climate change is takenAccording to the Potsdam Institute’s Stefan  Rahmstorf, “global warming aggravates the impacts of storms like Haiyan: extreme rainfall that comes along with tropical storms causes floods and landslides, because evaporation rates and moisture content of the air increase in a warmer climate. Furthermore, there are storm surges at the coast, because the sea level rises due to global warming.”

Some believe countries such as the Philippines do not have time to wait for an international climate deal, which countries have agreed to reach in Paris in 2015.

The Philippines government has firmly connected the super  typhoon Haiyan with climate change, and urged governments meeting in Poland on Monday to take emergency action to resolve the deadlocked climate talks.

“We cannot sit and stay helpless staring at this international climate stalemate. It is now time to take action. We need an emergency climate pathway,” said Yeb Sano, head of the government’s delegation to the UN climate talks…

this piece continues @ AlterNet…click here to access…

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The U.S. snubs treaties, obligations and universal principles.
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A Booster Shot for Social Security
The GOP—and some Democrats—want to cut the program. Progressive Dems want to expand it.
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Mining Company Sues Canada Over Fracking Ban in Quebec
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By Cole Stangler

The Adoption-Industrial Complex
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By Jessica Stites

Reading Camus in Tunisia
The Rebel and the Arab Spring.
By Robert Zaretsky


November 2013

… Russia takes centre stage; Somalia’s Kenya frontEU, inching closer to PalestineBeirut’s small world; ICC in the dock; France, left, right, centre? All eyes on Kosovo; what to do about the ArcticAmazon uncovered; print media’s uncertain future; Venice protests; Machiavelli’s Prince… and more…

Jacopo Annese, a neuroanatomist and director of the Brain Observatory at UC San Diego, takes a humanistic approach to studying brains by getting to know donors while they are living in order to understand posthumously how their brain structure affected their personalities, memories and health. Annese explains his research to The Atlantic’s Ron Brownstein, as part of The Atlantic Meets the Pacific 2013 conference presented by The Atlantic and UC San Diego.

The recently elected Oz prime minister, Rupert Murdoch, is sending his proxy – a Mr Tony Abbott – to attend tomorrow’s official opening of the 44th Parliament of Australia.

Mr Abbott is known among the burgeoning Conservatives for Conservatives movement as a stunt fireman, lycra fanatic and devoted follower of the bouffanted Sir David Flounce (OAP), leader of Sycophants for More Monarchy…

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Human Rights Watch has released “We Will Teach You a Lesson”

(February, 2013)

Sexual Violence against Tamils by Sri Lankan Security Forces:

(London) – Sri Lankan security forces have been using rape and other forms of sexual violence to torture suspected members or supporters of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), Human Rights Watch said in a report released February, 2013. While widespread rape in custody occurred during the armed conflict that ended in May 2009, Human Rights Watch found that politically motivated sexual violence by the military and police continues to the present...2013......Please click the image above to freely download the 144page report via HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH... 

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Drones from the Other Side |

The Bureau of Investigative Journalism has launched an ambitious new project aiming to identify as many as possible of those killed by CIA drOnes in Pakistan.namedead

It has launched a dedicated website – – which will list the known names of those reported killed by drones together with as much biographical information as can be gathered.

At launch, the Bureau is publishing in English and Urdu the names of over 550 people – both militants and civilians. This list will grow in the future.

Of the named individuals:
  • 295 are civilians, including 95 children
  • 255 are alleged militants – of whom 74 are classed as senior commanders
  • Just two are women

Naming the Dead builds on the Bureau’s two-year project tracking drone strikes in Pakistan and the numbers of people reportedly killed. This extensive research has found that at least 2,500 people have reportedly been killed, including at least 400 civilians. But almost nothing is known about the identities of these casualties.

The Obama administration has claimed that drones are a highly precise weapon that target al Qaeda and affiliated groups, while causing almost no civilian harm. But it does not publish its own account of who it believes has been killed. By gaining a clearer understanding of who is dying in drone strikes the Bureau aims to inform the debate around the effectiveness of the US’s use of drones – and around this rapidly evolving weapons system.

Based at City University London, the Bureau works in collaboration with other groups to get its investigations published and distributed. Since its foundation the Bureau has  worked with BBC File On Four, BBC Panorama, BBC Newsnight, Channel 4 Dispatches, Channel 4 News, al Jazeera English, the Independent, the Financial Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Sunday Times, Le Monde, mediapart, the Guardian, the Independent, the Daily Mirror, the Observer and the Daily Mirror. 

…exctract of thought provoking piece, zapped over earlier, from the Australian Nuclear Free Alliance…

As the dust starts to settle and Australia reflects on the outcomes of the recent federal election many Aboriginal people have growing concerns over Tony Abbotts new Indigenous Advisory Council and the agenda behind its plans for ‘real action for Indigenous Australians’.

The Council appears to be on the road from idea to institution, with scant consultation or consent from Aboriginal and Islander people. In the style that has marked so much of successive governments approaches to our issues the proposed Council is top down and unrepresentative with Tony Abbott and Nigel Scullion being joined at the table by Warren Mundine, Noel Pearson and Marcia Langton.

There may be more Aboriginal ‘leaders’ involved, but who knows – and that is the whole point. Unlike ATSIC or the newly re-elected National Congress – with all their limitations and flaws – the Indigenous Advisory Council is hand-picked by the politicians, not promoted by our people.

This is not to say that these three individuals do not have things to offer and positive contributions to make. But they do not have a mandate to represent all our views and they hold views about Aboriginal ‘development’ that are far removed from the lived experience and deeply held aspirations of many Aboriginal people. Particularly in relation to the role of the State and of the resource sector in the Coalitions new ‘open for business’ Australia…

...Mining is neither a new development nor a new answer to old problems. Mining has been around for hundreds of years. Look at Aboriginal life in Australia’s mining regions around Roeborne, Port Hedland and Port Augusta. Spend a couple of days out at Laverton, go talk to the folks at the missions in Kalgoorlie and tell us mining is pulling Aboriginal people out of poverty or reducing the rates of kidney disease and cancers. Look at the youth suicide rates, our people’s lack of representation in Parliaments and over representation in prisons. It’s not as simple as saying mining will pull us out of poverty, stop the welfare dependence and ‘save us’. It hasn’t done it in the last 200 years of occupation and excavation.

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A US-led trade deal is currently being negotiated that could increase the price of prescription drugs, weaken financial regulations and even allow partner countries to challenge American laws. But few know its substance. The pact, the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP), is deliberately shrouded in secrecy, a trade deal powerful people, including President Obama, don’t want you to know about…

…The negotiations are shrouded in secrecy, and once they are completed, Obama wants to rush the agreement through Congress — fast-tracking, they call it — with our elected representatives given the choice only of voting it up or down. Last year, over 130 members of Congress asked the White House for more transparency about what’s being negotiated, and were essentially told to go fly a kite. ..

…You can be sure of this, however: a select group of corporate partners — companies like General Electric, Goldman Sachs, and Pfizer, the pharmaceutical giant — are not likely to be in the dark. Players like these stand to be the real beneficiaries of the agreement, because like other so-called “free trade” agreements, TPP actually will reward those at the top, even as it creates rules to override domestic laws on the environment, workplace safety, and investment. Corporate lobbyists already are lining up in Washington to ram the agreement through once the White House hurries it out of the delivery room. How do we know this? Because some vigilant independent watchdogs are tracking the negotiations, with sources they trust, and two are with me now…

YVES SMITH is an expert on investment banking and the founder of Aurora Advisors, a New York based management consulting firm. She runs the “Naked Capitalism” blog, a go-to site for information and insight on the business and ethics of finance.

DEAN BAKER is co-director of the progressive Center for Economic and Policy Research in Washington, DC. He’s been a senior economist at the Economic Policy Institute and a consultant to Congress and the World Bank. I rarely miss his blog, “Beat the Press,” and I’m a regular reader of his column in the “Guardian” newspaper…


艺术界 LEAP 23


“While capitalist methods of production spur urban growth, their attendant practice of driving out whole communities has provided a temporary space for new segments of the population to gather. On the northeastern outskirts of the capital of the world’s factory one such space exists; it is called Picun.”

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After releasing records with 4AD for a large part of their career, Cocteau Twins decided to take a step towards independence and started up the Bella Union record label, through which they could release their own work as well as any collaborative efforts. The band split up not long after, but instead of letting the newly formed label go under, Robin Guthrie, Cocteau Twins’ founder and lead guitarist and Simon Raymonde, the band’s bassist since 1984, decided to take charge of it…more @


Hannah Arendt, philosopher and writer, covered Adolf Eichmann’s trial for the New Yorker from Jerusalem, where he faced a court in 1961. The latter Gestapo head evaded capture until 1960 and had been living in Argentina. She witnessed successive psychiatrists declare him to be clinically sane, his demeanour was ‘ordinary’…

“in certain circumstances, the most ordinary, decent person can become a criminal”

Banality of Evil’, H.Arendt (1963)

A United Nations’ special rapporteur has called on the United States and Britain to release documents on their use of torture in the Iraq war, Press TV reports…


“Despite this clear repudiation of the unlawful actions carried out by the Bush-era CIA, many of the facts remain classified, and no public official has so far been brought to justice in the United States…”

….UN special rapporteur on counter-terrorism Ben Emmerson said in a report to the UN Human Rights Council.

Emmerson, a British international lawyer, called on Washington “to publish without delay and to the fullest extent possible” the Senate Intelligence Committee report on the CIA rendition. He also called on Britain to submit its own version of the report as well.

…a fellow Bristolian-at-large…an interpretOr’s impression of Banksy in New York…as reporting unexpected discovery of his painting, ‘the Banality of the Banality of Evil’, in Manhattan thrift store…plse. click image to access reuters


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